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Human Embryo Experiments

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding the Government provided for (a) human embryonic stem cell research and (b) adult stem cell research in each year since funding was first provided. (200451)

The Department of Health does not routinely hold information on the type of stem cell used in research. The Medical Research Council (MRC) has provided my Department with the following information on the funding of stem cell research and the types of stem cells used. The information is based on a detailed analysis, conducted in 2006, of MRC spend on stem cell research, although it did not differentiate between animal and human stem cells.

2002-032003-042004-052005-06

£ million

£ million

£ million

Percentage

£ million

Percentage

Stem Cell Research total

4.5

14.5

14.1

17.4

Summary

Adult

7.2

51.5

7.5

43.6

Embryonic

6.8

48.5

9.8

56.4